By Kari Hould
VFW Auxiliary 

Flags Retired in Ceremony


December 15, 2021

Ret. Col. Klinko and Jay Southwick drape a flag for disposal as the night ascents on the group as VFW Commander Jim Layton watches a second disposal. Photo by Kari Hould.

As the Friday afternoon closed out until the half moon filled the crisp air, the American Legion Commander Vincent Schmoeckel opened the ceremony of retiring of the flag. Miles (Jim) Verhoff of the Boy Scouts and VFW and an inquisitive and receptive group young Scouts assisted with the event. The flag ceremony has not been held for several years.

The ritual is conducted to show respect and dispose of flags that are tattered, wind ripped, stained, outdated by age, and basically those who have served their purpose.

As a result of not having the ritual for the extended period of time about 50...

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